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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Australia 2015
Islands of Cocos (Keeling)






The Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a group of 27 islands in two atolls, with a total land area of around 14 square kilometres and a highest elevation of five metres. Only two of the islands – West and Home Islands – have permanent settlements.

This stamp issue features four of the uninhabited isles, all of which are part of the southern atoll; they are Pulu Klapa Satu, Pulu Maraya, Pulu Blan Madar and Pulu Beras (Prison Island). The islands are densely covered with coconut palms and tropical vegetation, and largely ringed with gravelly, white coral-sand beaches.

The designer has brought visual interest and variation to the stamps by using the sky and the horizon line as significant visual components. The horizon operates not only as a design element, drawing the four stamps together, but it also reflects the dominance of this element when voyaging across the open ocean, as one might when travelling to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands by boat.

All but two islands in the Cocos (Keeling) Island group are uninhabited.







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FIRST DAY GUMMED STAMP COVER

AUSTRALIA POST PRICE: 4.50$




GUTTER STRIP 10 X 0.70$

AUSTRALIA POST PRICE: 7.00$



GUTTER STRIP 10 X 1.40$

AUSTRALIA POST PRICE: 14.00$





ISSUE DATE: 25 August 2015
ISSUE WITHDRAWAL DATE: 28 February 2016
FDI WITHDRAWAL DATE: 23 September 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 2 x 70c, 2 x $1.40
STAMP DESIGN: Lisa Christensen
PRODUCT DESIGN: Lisa Christensen
PRINTER: Bambra Mckellar
PAPER: Gummed (Tullis Russell)
PRINTING PROCESS: Lithography
STAMP SIZE: 26mm x 37.5mm
PERFORATIONS: 14.6 x 13.86
MINISHEET SIZE: -
SHEET LAYOUT: Modules of 50
FDI POSTMARK: Cocos (Keeling) Islands WA 6799